If I have to run the tap to wait for the water to get hot or cold I try to save it in a bucket and use it on the garden. I'm not terribly consistent about this, but I do try. Eventually I would like to have a greywater system but I don't own this house so it will probably be difficult or impossible to do.
Keeping some water in a pitcher in the refrigerator helps with having cold water on hand when you want it. So does getting used to drinking tap-temperature water. But then, keeping your freezer full is more efficient than keeping it empty, so icecubes are also good.
A few years ago, we went through the whole water heater mess, eventually having to replace it after patching it several times. Not fun.
The water heater itself is fine, actually, having just been replaced two years ago. It's the pipes leading into the water heater that are the problem.
2005-11-20 01:40 am (UTC)
I hope I remember.
One of the things my parents did for me after college was a trip to the third world countries...we hear about how spoiled we are but rearely understand what that means, 3 months in a third world country brought it home......I'm grateful to live in this country but I don't take anything for granted, but for the grace of God I'd be living somewhere else.
Technically, Sis, it's "Nor any drop to drink." It feels nit-picky, but I think it would bug you.
What size do you wear now, anyway? I think I'll check the resale shop for you. I was wondering what to get you for Xmas anyway - I don't want to buy you any of the things on your Amazon list this time 'round.
Objecting to my tastes? ;-)
I'm a size 16 right now. Have fun shopping!
Not objecting per se, just that there's nothing on there that I see as us sharing.
I'm just teasing - no worries.
Keeping a large bottle or pitcher of water in the fridge is also a good way to avoid running the tap to get it cold.
Just out of curiosity, how is water generally paid for in the US? Is it rated on some household size scale, or do you pay per litre/cubic metre/some other unit that you use? Does the company that provides your water also charge you for sewage services, too?
Varies, but towns sometimes have their own, cities usually have a company that supplies it, measured my meters as it enters your house. My town also charges a sewer fee, assuming that the water that went in went back out in one form or another, but not every town has that. I think a residence probably is charged at a different rate than a business.
Depends on where you live, though water and sewage services and generally a combined bill. I've lived where it's a flat fee, but here water is charged by usage.
The family I work for insist that the water run a few minutes before I fill a pitcher or a pan, because they fear lead in the water. It is really hard for me to do, as I hate waste of any kind, including water.
Lead is an issue, in older households, particularly if there are children.
Though if you're in a hard water area, this is less of a problem, as the calcium carbonate coats the pipes, thus preventing lead getting into the water.
2005-11-22 02:29 am (UTC)
Lead in water
Enquire of your local water company what their policy is regarding phosphate dosing.
(If they phosphate dose their water in your area then you don't need to run to waste to avoid Pb contamination from water standing in old pipes. - the comment about hard water is only semi-valid, it depends on the local water chemistry which in turn depends on the geology of where the water is extracted from)
- cannon fodder
(aka. Richard Lawson - currently employed as an analytical scientist
at Wessex Water (http://www.wessexwater.co.uk))
PS. wandered in here from link in Ferretts' journal.
The real question is (and I've had to do this, personally.)
Why throw out the catch buckets rather than use them to flush said toilets through the day? Yet another few gallons of water saved from just being run down the drain needlessly.
And as for the pipes leading into the hot water heater, two things:
Dielectric joints help corrosion some, but not completely.
Too high a temperature in the water heater will speed corrosion.
Not sure if they were causal issues in your particular case, but worth looking into.
Probably the main issue was that those particular pipes are 50 years old.
I do run my hot water heater hot, but with 5 people in the house we've kind of needed to. After next week we can turn it down a bit.
I just hate having the water turned off. Even if its only for a few hours while we fix something, so many of the normal things one does around the house - cooking, cleaning stuff - involve water.